workingoutathomeFinding time to workout is hard to do in today’s on-the-go lifestyle, and the cost of gym memberships and home workout equipment can be prohibitive. That doesn’t mean you can’t get a good workout, in fact, by using some of the following exercises you can get a decent sweat going at any time of the day or night.

Planking Exercise

This exercise is simple, but very effective in increasing the core muscles of the stomach and the back, which will allow you to be able to do more exercises.

Start by laying face down in a push up position. Push up your body into a full push up using your hands, while keeping your body as straight as possible. You can also support your upper body on your elbows for a more intense session. hold your position for at least 30 seconds or as long as possible, then rest for 30 seconds. Do at least 5 to 10 repetitions. As your core becomes stronger, increase the static hold times by a few seconds every other workout session.

Squat Jumps

To work on your cardiovascular system, there is nothing better squat jumps. This exercise will workout your legs, heart, and lungs, and will get you out of breathe in a short amount of time.

From a standing position, drop into a squat as low as you can, then explosively jump up as high as you can while stretching your arms up to the sky. When coming down, bring your arms down as you go back into the squatting position. Do as many repetitions as you can. To make it even more challenging, when in the squatting position put your hands on the floor, then kick your legs out to go into the push-up position. Do one push-up, and bring your legs back up to the squatting position and repeat.

Chair Dips

Place 2 chairs shoulder width apart, facing each other. Stand between the two chairs and lower yourself into a seated position while placing your hands on the seats, then use your arms to raise your body and repeat as many times as possible this will work out your triceps, shoulders, and upper back.

Chair Push-ups

Using the same chairs, place your hands again on the seats and lower your body until you are in a face down push-up position. Lower and raise your body using your arms, as many times as possible, while keeping your back straight. this exercise will also work your back, arms, and shoulders. By using the chairs you can go lower than a standard push-up, which will work your chest muscles.

By utilizing your body weight, minimal equipment, and creative exercises, you can get a very good workout at home without costing an arm and a leg.

home-workoutWhether you’re looking to lose weight, maintain your current weight or just get healthier, exercise in an important component. Unfortunately, not everyone has the time or money to go to a fancy gym. This doesn’t mean you should just give up and sit on the couch with a bowl of popcorn. Look for ways that you can easily exercise at home. You don’t even have to buy a lot of equipment.

Cardio Workouts

Walking, running and dancing can be great cardio workouts that you can do at any time. When the weather’s nice, head outside for a walk around the block. Making a habit out of this will improve your health. If you don’t want to go outside, consider getting a treadmill or elliptical machine for your home. Use your exercise time as your down time, watching TV or reading a book while you exercise. Another alternative is to get the same type of step they use in a step aerobics class and put it in front of your TV. Step on and off while you watch.

Strength Building

Bodyweight exercises are ideal for building strength. Try creating a simple routine that consists of moves like squats, push-ups, lunges and sit-ups. Doing this a few times a week will build muscles that can burn more calories. Some simple tools for building muscles are hand weights and resistance bands. These are easy to use and won’t cost you a lot of money.
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